How Are Computers Bad For You?

Computers are helpful in so many ways in today's world. We use them to keep track of our stocks and finances, to handle our workloads on a daily basis, and even to save lives since hospitals and other medical companies use them. But computers can also be very bad for you and your health if you use them too often or live your life on them. Since the invention and mass production of computers, we've seen them help us in so many ways we never imagined, but we've also seen plenty of health problems from them that we saw much less of before they arrived. More and more people are using computers nowadays, so there's many health concerns that are going to arise today than they would 20 years ago. Sometimes it takes a product a decade or two before enough people use it and we see all long-term effects from it. So in the future, computers will probably be blamed for many other health problems that we aren't aware of, but for now, these are most well-known problems caused by computers.

Vision Problems
The most common health problem that computers cause is permanent eyesight problems. You've probably noticed that people who read a lot are usually more likely to wear glasses than other people. This is because reading wore down their eyesight over time as it puts a lot of strain on a person's eyes and vision. The same goes for computers, especially since the screens you're looking at can often be very bright and you sit in front of them for hours reading. Old-school computer screens that were popular in the 80's and mid-90's used cathode ray tubes (CRT), which would flash constantly to display a picture and this caused even more eyestrain than the types of LCD screens that are becoming more common nowadays. However, you can still easily suffer eyestrain from LCD screens as well, even if they are slightly less abrasive to your eyes than the other type. So if you value your eyesight, you need to make sure that you keep your amount of time on computers to a minimal. When you have to spend long amounts of time in front of one, then you need to be careful and give your eyes a break every 20 minutes to a half hour. Look away from the screen as much as possible and whenever you take a break, don't spend your break doing other things that can strain the eyes like watching TV or reading a book. The damage to your vision caused by computers may be temporary in some cases but it's usually permanent and if you don't already wear glasses, you will probably need them if you spend enough time staring at a screen every day.

Carpal Tunnel
The second most common health problem caused by computers is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). It's most commonly caused by repetitive motions and pressure that you put on your hands and wrist. Typing and using a mouse constantly can easily cause CTS and once you begin to develop it, it can greatly disrupt your life if your life involves using your hands a lot. There are ergonomic keyboards these days that are designed to put less pressure on the wrists, to help reduce the chances of getting CTS. However, this does not completely eliminate the risk and it's still one of the most common injuries worldwide. It's usually cureable and will often go away on it's own once a person stops putting pressure on the injured area, but for most people it will come back again and again if they do the same types of physical motions in the future. Giving your wrists and hands a break by taking time away from your PC or laptop can help get rid of it, as these parts of the body need time to heal. However, it's important to note that in some cases, surgery may be needed to help cure people or relieve the pain caused by CTS and that not everybody heals on their own. If you do begin to develop the symptoms of CTS (any type of pain in your wrists, fingers, or hands), then you should take a break of at least 1 week to 2 weeks before you resume using a keyboard or mouse again. You should also avoid any other things in life that involve a lot of hand or wrist movement, such as playing video games that involve hand-held controllers or constantly using a TV remote controller.

Social Anxiety and Awkwardness
When you're on the computer all day, it may even become your social life. People who spend a lot of time online will often seek out social interaction because humans are naturally social beings. They will often seek out these types of interactions by going on to forums or into chatrooms. This type of socializing can be very unhealthy because socializing is a skill that can be built up or even lost. If a person is around other people all day, they may be better at socializing than someone who is isolated and living in a cave. A person in a cave may even develop social anxiety because they aren't around people most of the time. If you're never around others and you become used to that, then you will become comfortable with that. Once you are put into a situation that you're not used to, such as being around a lot of people once again, you will become uncomfortable and this is how social anxiety can start to develop. By going into chatrooms or socializing online primarily through websites like Facebook, you're learning a different type of socializing and losing your skills at socializing in the physical form. When people communicate online, they don't always use the same facial expressions or head, eye, and hand movements that they normally would in real life social situations. So as you get used to not using these, you will eventually forget how to and not be quite as skilled as socializing as you once were. Since most people who communicate with each other online do it through text, rather than voice or cam chat, you will also lose your vocal tone skills as well, because you are no longer using them online. All of this can lead to social anxiety, but also an inability to make friends or maintain relationships. A person who was popular and a social butterfly in high school can end up becoming a loner with no friends by the time they're 30 years old because of spending too much time online or on their laptop everyday.

Weight Gain and Heart Problems
Weight gain is to be expected if you're always on the computer all day. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to put two and two together, and we already know that physical activity helps to keep a person's weight off. If a person is sitting down all day, they're getting less physical activity and this will usually turn into weight gain, along with all the other problems that come with being inactive and having less exercise. Of course, if a person has a high metabolism, they probably won't notice much weight gain if they're just naturally skinny. But that doesn't mean they're still healthy, because they're still inactive and this can lead to heart problems and other things that are often associated with weight gain. Skinny people can still suffer from heart disease by remaining inactive or having high cholesterol, even though they appear to be healthy on the outside. Obesity is on the rise in modern society and there's no doubt that things like TVs, video games, and computers are some of the main reasons for that.

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